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Design and planning completed for M4 junction improvements

Improvement works on junction 11 of the M4 and Mereoak junction are scheduled to start later this month as part of a £65M initiative led by Reading Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Councils and the Highways Agency.

Reading Borough Council's project manager for the scheme, consultant Peter Brett Associates, has completed the planning and design stage on the new gyratory scheme, which should alleviate congestion around the typically busy M4 exit.

Peter Brett Associates' managing partner, Malcolm Cleaver, said: "PBA takes great pride in breaking down the boundaries between transport planning and urban design, to deliver sustainable, safe, multi-modal schemes which will unlock the potential of developments in south Reading."

Two new four-lane road bridges will serve as the new junction, providing extended slip roads to facilitate easy transfer to and from the motorway. The existing junction will remain functional while the new road bridges are built around it, but eventually they will be converted for use by local public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.

Also to the south of the M4 junction 11, two new junctions will be constructed to ease the pressure on local traffic in the nearby Shinfield area.

These measures combined are expected to eliminate congestion in the area, as the M4's junction 11 has been identified as a major bottleneck for some time.

Programme manager for RBC, Anthony Bolton said: "Reading Borough Council has been working successfully with PBA on a number of projects. PBA's thorough understanding of Reading's transport infrastructure combined with a pragmatic approach ensured this project remained firmly on schedule."

The project is currently on schedule, with the completion date expected to be some time during 2010.

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